Lions sign DE Robert Maci and DT Spencer Nealy

Posted by ttwentyman on May 28, 2013 – 1:52 pm

The Lions added depth along their defensive line Tuesday with the signing of undrafted rookie free agents Robert Maci and Spencer Nealy.DE Robert Maci

Nealy (6-3, 285) played at Texas A&M. Last season, he recorded 42 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks for the Aggies. He played both defensive end and defensive tackle during his time at Texas A&M, which adds versatility to his game.

Maci, a defensive end, went undrafted out of Purdue. He had 37 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks in 2012. Maci (6-4, 245) played some linebacker in college, but he’ll fit in as a defensive end in the Lions’ scheme.

The team released defensive tackle Michael Brooks (East Carolina) and receiver Chastin West (Fresno State) to make room on the 90-man roster.

 


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12 Responses to “Lions sign DE Robert Maci and DT Spencer Nealy”

  1. By rockbo1955 on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    We need solid back ups I hope these two can help us ! this year!

  2. By nighttrain1 on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t know anything about those 2, but if they play like their size, they will help the Lions. Undrafted players have a chip on their shoulders and want to prove to the world that they should have been drafted.

  3. By Ken on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    I think it is time the Lions found a few diamonds in the rough like other teams. I keep hearing stories about this “guy out of nowhere” that makes other teams and is a total surprise. It would be nice if the Lions could do that once in a while. They are due.

  4. By Ed Askelson on May 29, 2013 | Reply

    Spencer Nealy is a One in a Million, Leader! Senior defensive lineman Spencer Nealy received the 2012 Aggie Heart Award, which is the highest honor a Texas A&M football player can receive. He was crucial, playing nose tackle, in defeating both Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Oklahoma University in the Cotton Bowl. Probably more loved by Aggie Fans for his determination, team spirit and morale boosting sense of humor and enthusiasm for playing football than any Aggie in recent memory. He will be followed closely by thousands of devoted Aggie fans. Detroit will not regret the decision to sign Spencer Nealy. (PS. His dad was on the famous NBA Championship Chicago Bulls with M.Jordan, good genes.)

  5. By Joni on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Nealy is a great player and a great individual. You will love him. He is an extremely hard worker and a real motivator. He is also a smart funny guy. I will now be watching the Lions in hopes of seeing him play!

  6. By Black Wolf Standing on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Are these two real candidates or fillers to the 90 man roster? Or is this just a diamond search?

  7. By Scott on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Spencer Nealy was always told he wasn’t big enough, strong enough, fast enough. That dude was a monster for Texas A&M last year. Absolutely destroyed the center for Alabama and everyone else last year on the interior. Good pick up by the Lions. He’ll make the team and log some minutes.

  8. By andrewjreichart on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Nealy was a fan favorite at A&M and the best character/energy guy you could want in your locker room. He lacks ideal size but look up his highlights from the A&M/Alabama game from last year if you want to see some of what he can do. If he makes the squad, you’ll be seeing plenty of him and hearing plenty of him too.

  9. By andrewjreichart on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Nealy was a fan favorite at A&M and the best character/energy guy you could want in your locker room. He lacks ideal size but look up his highlights from the A&M/Alabama game from last year if you want to see some of what he can do. If he makes the squad, you’ll be seeing plenty of him and hearing plenty of him too.

  10. By bill on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    Nealy!!

  11. By Aggie on May 30, 2013 | Reply

    You’ll get a big kick out of Nealy. He’s certifiable. Mike Sherman had a restraining order on – he wasn’t allowed to get within 10 feet of the coach.

    He’s cut from same mold as his dad – former NBA player Ed Nealy. No flash, but a real grinder. Just gets it done. Great in the locker room.

    Hope he sticks in NFL.

  12. By Phillip Brown on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Spencer if you’re reading any of this – We’re Aggies living in Birmingham MI – we love it here – we’realso from San Antonio and Reagan High area. If you need anything – please contact us – your roomate Moreno can get our contact info from his dad. We’re proud of you and look forward to your adoption by the Lions fans and tearing up the NFC North Division offenses soon. GigEm Aggies and Go Lions!

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